Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Located in the hills east of Funchal, Casa Velha do Palheiro is an oasis of tranquility for those who enjoy a unique lifestyle. Play golf on the beautiful Palheiro golf course just meters from the hotel, or go for a stroll through the famous Palheiro Gardens with a stop at the teahouse, it is all possible here. Relax at the Palheiro Spa, which offers a range of massages and treatments. For the more energetic guest, there are tennis courts available, as well as a gym, and even the M.Y. Balancal yacht for deep-sea fishing. End the day with a romantic candlelit dinner, carefully prepared by a team of excellent chefs.

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This hotel is open all year round.


38 rooms and suites that perfectly reflect the history, beauty and elegance of the Palheiro Estate. Staying here is embracing more than 200 years of family tradition.


Earliest check-in from 2 pm. Latest check-out at 12 pm.


Price from 202.50 euros.


  • Small pets are also welcome for 15 euros per day per pet. You pay this amount on-site.


The vast estate is home to more than 20 species of birds, some of which are very rare. Both Micaronesian Sparrows, of which there are only nine pairs, and Madeira Laurel Doves, a protected species native to Madeira, can be seen nesting in the garden's trees.

About the rooms

All rooms are classically decorated and spread over 3 buildings: 'The Old House', the main building, 'The Garden Wing' and 'The Golf Wing'. Each room combines classic tailoring with contemporary touches. Warm, dark-colored hardwood furniture, floral-print curtains and classic bedding together illustrate a gracious and sophisticated interior filled with fresh flowers, large mirrors and framed prints of rare and beautiful flora.

Our favourite room

Definitely one of the junior suites. Located in the 'Old House', these rooms provide a rare combination of space and light. Each suite has a unique personality. They are all beautifully decorated and provide an ornate 19th-century feel. Each room is named after a prominent person inextricably linked to the Palheiro estate. We stayed in the Conde de Carvalhal suite, named after the count who built the estate.

Enjoy a refreshing swim

There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas.

Work out and wind down

The hotel offers a Wellness Center with indoor pool, fitness, sauna, steam room, subtropical gardens Palheiro Gardens, tennis, table tennis, croquet, badminton. Other activities include Palheiro Golf at 500 m, cruises and deep sea fishing with its own motor yacht 'Balancal' and guided 'levada' walks.


Children of any age are welcome here.

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Food & Drink

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Book a table on the terrace of Vista Balancal restaurant to see the incredible view of the bay and the amphitheater of Funchal.

In the morning, you will enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet with hot and cold dishes. A team of chefs prepares exquisite dishes using local ingredients from the hotel's own vegetable garden. You can select from several à la carte menus. At the bar, by the pool, in the Palheiro Golf Clubhouse with its panoramic terrace, and on the golf course, you can enjoy light meals.

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Beautifully and quietly located in the green hills above Funchal between the Palheiro Gardens, huge subtropical gardens, and the Palheiro Golf Course, one of the most impressive golf courses in the world. The capital Funchal is about 7 km from the hotel, the airport about 18 km.

Are you travelling by plane?

The airport of Funchal is 18 km away.


There is a transfer available between Funchal airport and the hotel, which costs 35 euros per journey. You can pay this amount on-site.

Do you have a (rental) car?

The hotel offers free private parking.

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If you are looking for a discreet, old-fashioned style, Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro is the place to be. This 19th-century hunting pavilion of Count João Carvalhal was completely restored and converted into a luxury hotel in 1997, respecting its original style. The mansion is surrounded by the famous Palheiro gardens and the 72 par Palheiro golf course. It is the ideal place to completely unwind.

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